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    Cutting Mat/6mil acetate

    6mm? That's nearly 1/4". I don't believe any vinyl plotter can cut something that thick. Now if you mean 6 mil, 0.006", that would might be doable.
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    Font help needed

    If you fill in the white space, Whatfontis.com comes back with BenderSolid.
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    Beginner Question

    Follow Mz Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth and then cut as slow as possible to start with, gradually increase speed to something you are happy with and still getting good cuts. Over cut and offset may need to be adjusted as well. What vinyl and cutter? they are not all created equal and if you have a MH or other low level cutter cutting 1/8" letters may simply not be possible.
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    Have you followed Mz Skeeter's instructions for setting blade depth?
  5. You could try Inkscape if you need something in a pinch. Inkscape is not designed as a cutting program but it does offer that ability and is not terrible to use. As a hobbiest, I used it exclusively for several years for cutting.
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    Pix Max help

    I think you may still have too much blade exposed. If you can see the blade in a photo, you probably have too much. You only need about 3 mil (0.003") sticking out.
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    Engstrom Graphics - Demolition Derby Signs

    That is actually one of the Confederate Navy's flags which was based on the battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia which was led by General Lee. The battle flag was actually a square rather than the typical 3x5 rectangle. I just like to spread accurate yet useless information.
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    need help finding font

    asking you to load stuff when you click the download button or after you extract the zip file? If it's when you click the download button you are probably not clicking on the correct download button. Often times what looks the obvious button is not the real button you need to click, it's an ad of some sort. You have to pay close attention to download the actual file you want. If you can't do it or find it on the web page you're looking at, go to a different web page that offers the file.
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    Engstrom Graphics - Demolition Derby Signs

    Which one, there were 6 of them.
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    Vinyl colors

    I bought the starter pack like 5 years ago and I still have most of those colors left. I mostly use that vinyl for blasting and powder coating mask and use the Oracal that I bought later for any real jobs. Later when I got into HTV I learned my lesson, I have a stock of a few colors I use often then just buy the others as needed. I do always buy extra so I have enough to do a few extra designs if I mess up, or the customer decides they want more.
  11. Check your cutting stripe and make sure it's not damaged.
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    Blade Depth

    The thickness of a buisnes card .020" is about 10 times too much blade. Oracal 651, for example, is only 0.0025" thick. So you only need that much blade sticking out to cut through it. Any more than that and you are cutting into your backing material. Mz Skeeter has posted hundreds, if not thousands of times the correct way to set your blade depth. Follow her guide and you'll be cutting great right away.
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    Cutting PDF Help

    Which two circles are you having problems with? I opened it with Inkscape and everything looks good as well. I did notice some of the shapes have a stroke to them but that shouldn't cause them not to cut. Also, I don't know if it's just the way Inkscape reads a PDF but there are a lot of layers to the design. For cut vinyl the less layers the better. If your program is using the multiple layers I would suggest punching parts of the design through the other colors to reduce the layer count. This design is 3 colors and can rather easily be done in 2 layers. I would make gold the base layer and just cut one big circle. I would the punch the text through the blue and layer the blue on the gold, and do the same with the white.
  14. That is a relatively simple design and it would be a good one to practice redrawing by hand rather than an auto trace. Text especially rarely traces well and you can always get a much better result by finding the font and recreating.
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    SignCut Pro pre cut feed

    Is signcut a purely cutting program or can you create simple shapes/text with it? If you can, give that a try. Make something simple in signcut and see what you get. If not I'd suggest Inkscape to design in. It's extremely powerful and best of all free.
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    Oralite 5500

    well if that's the case you don't need 5600, you want 5500 or 5300.
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    Oralite 5500

    I misspoke/typed and looked up 5500. As Dakota said looks like it's currently sold out.
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    Oralite 5500

    How well does printing on black vinyl work? Seems like that would require some specialized inks to get it to show up well, or at all.
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    Oralite 5500

    They do, $190, for a 24"x10 yard roll. Not a bad price really. The price for reflective from anyone is going to be high, just the way it is. It's a specialized vinyl, not as easy to make, and not as much demand for it as normal vinyl. It does look good though.
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    SignCut Pro pre cut feed

    I believe, and I could be wrong, the redsail and the MH cutters have basically the same guts. If that is the case, the force, speed, and origin have to be set on the cutter, they are not software controllable.
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    Laserpoint 3 or Titan 2?

    Yeah, cutters are not like other electronics where a new/upgrade model comes out every year. There have been guys on the forums using the same cutter for decades.
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    MAC not compatible? Plz help

    And if you have to, you can always design on the Mac and cut on a windows computer. Most all of the low end cutters have a serial port and if you use that you don't need any cutter specific driver, you just need a program that works on a Mac and can connect to the printer via a serial port. The tripplite Keyspan adapter is a great usb-2-serial adapter if you computer does not have a serial port, which most do not these days.
  23. Mz Skeeter is asking because while what you are doing may be working for you, it is not the intended use of the cutter and will ruin the cutting strip making future cuts not as clean. Have you tried a different program for printing? From this statement, it sounds to me like it is a software problem and you may not be able to use Graphtec Studio to print with your printer. What printer are you using?
  24. EPS was created by Adobe and is proprietary but publicly documented format. Meaning any one can make use of it and virtually every vector program does.
  25. I don't know anything about Graphtec Studio but according to their web page it can import EPS. No mention of what version it is that does that, but I would think even the lowest version should be able to open/import an eps file.